Dear  ,

I'm writing to share with JPNDC friends and community members  that we've submitted two concept proposals to the  City of Boston's Housing Innovation Lab. 

These are very early-stage concepts for creating new affordable homes. The City has announced all the submissions and is asking for feedback on its Housing with Public Assets website.

We wanted you to hear it directly from us!

Because of sky-high prices, it's almost impossible for JPNDC to compete with profit-motivated developers and real estate speculators. That's why we appreciate the City of Boston's commitment to exploring whether its own assets can be redeveloped to include affordable housing.  

In response to the City's Request for Information, JPNDC submitted the following concept proposals for two municipal parking lots.

Please note, we recognize that these lots are valuable to the community for many reasons! We've included replacement parking and other suggestions, including preserving open space, in our concepts.
  • 490-498 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain (across from the Curley School). Our two concepts explore the potential of creating roughly 30 permanently affordable apartments for low-income seniors. We focused on senior housing because it allows for the greatest possible preservation of open space and public parking spots.
  • Taft Hill Municipal Lot, Roslindale. Redevelopment could create up to 75 affordable apartments for low- and moderate-income families, while retaining at least 75% of existing parking spaces for public use. Our concept considers much-needed daytime merchant parking and proposes Roslindale's first public bike share station.
Again, both of these are initial ideas, not official proposals. If the City chooses to explore either or both of them, JPNDC is committed to open and participatory planning processes in which community members will have ample opportunities to express their views and help shape the final products.

JPNDC is doing all it can to help low- and moderate income people stay and thrive in Boston. If you have any questions at all, please contact Teronda Ellis

Richard Thal
Executive Director
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